The Georgia Trust

2014 PLACES IN PERIL: W&A RAILROAD DEPOT, TUNNEL HILL, WHITFIELD COUNTY

THE STORY
Constructed of limestone from nearby Chetogetta Mountain, the W&A Railroad Depot was built by the State of Georgia between the years 1848-1850 as part of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. The site witnessed many important events during the Civil War: a speech by Jefferson Davis in 1861; the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862; several Civil War skirmishes; and the first headquarters of General Sherman during his Atlanta Campaign. The building is currently a part of the Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel and Museum Site, however it has yet to be restored and as a result is not open to the public.

THE THREAT
Structural damage, including mortar erosion, the lack of an overhanging eave, and cracked lintels over the original freight door openings, are contributing factors to the overall deterioration of the building. The limestone bricks remain in good condition.

THE STRATEGY
Partner with the city of Tunnel Hill to obtain increased recognition of the building by generating knowledge and interest in the role the depot has played in local and state history. Assist in sourcing funds to provide for its preservation and restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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